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  • #305045

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Ric, re oil hoses: you can use regular clamps but most people go with more expensive and better stuff—AN 8 or AN 10 fittings, say. Oil pressure above 80 lbs on startup, and a heat cycle on the hoses that’s worse than your coolant system, means you should get short lengths of heavy-duty neoprene hoses designed for use with hot oil, and preferably braided for abrasion protection and burst strength.

    Maybe Billinparts will pipe in with some real knowledge as he just plumbed a new oil cooler in his V8 swap.

    #305070

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Installed remote oil filter and adapter for lines from old filter location.  After addressing several clearance issues, I finally got everything to clear exhaust and engine.  Used swivel 10AN fittings and aeroquip 5/8 hose.  Mounted new oil pressure sending unit.  MGTDR came with an oil warning light.  I don’t have the old engine anymore, but I believe the wire from the warning light went to an oil pressure sending unit.  Is that correct?  And can I connect the wire from my new sending unit to an oil pressure gauge and the warning light?  Or is there a special sending unit for a warning light?

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305071

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Good on ya Ric.

    And a good question. I think the oil light has its own sending unit which is pretty much universal, and gauges have their own which have to match the gauge. But someone else might have the for-sure answer.

    #305072

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Checked internet.  Different sending unit for warning light.  So no more warning light since I have a gauge.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305073

    royal
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    @royal

    Hey Ric, if you really want a low oil press light, you can install a T in the line and have both a pressure gauge and a light.  The “sending unit” for the light is simply a pressure switch that is closed on low oil pressure.  The light is wired hot and the switch provides the ground when sufficient oil pressure is not available.  ……at least that is the way mine was hooked up.  As I recall (and I’m old and my memory fading) the switch activated at about 7# pressure.  I really prefer the gauge.

    #305074

    happyjack
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    @happyjack

    Hey Kall, et. al. — really good point on rotating the electrical panel 180 degrees so that the terminal strip and wires will not interfere with changing the fuses….

    …I made some changes to the layout and will post pics under my Ford TDr build post — (don’t want to hijack the “refresh Sammy” post ……)

     

    Thanks,

    Happy Jack

    #305082

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Drove car for a short distance.  All gears worked, brakes worked, steering is very heavy.  Clutch has to be all the way in to shift and all the way out to engage.  Maybe it will get better with use.  Front suspension is very stiff.  Chevette spring had two coils cut.  May have to get a replacement spring.  Any ideas?  May also look into power steering.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305083

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Why are all my pictures posting as a square?  Part of the picture is being cut off.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305084

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Ric, congratulations! Now it’s just down to sorting.

    I don’t know about the photo problem maybe someone else will chime in.

    #305085

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Glad it’s running. New springs are in order. Cutting one coil increased the spring weight by ten percent. Cutting the second coil it went up ten percent from that rate. I did that myself and it rode like a rock.

    Two more steps on your pictures. The screen where you clicked on “copy image”, click on “edit” instead. Then click on “ copy image”.    This step is not always necessary. It depends on the mood of my computer, but it works.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #305086

    kall
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    @kall

    Not sure I should even reply on the steering topic because my TDr is VW based but mine had stiff and irregular steering due to- 1. Poor alignment of column and steering box, 2. Flimsy mounting of column at both the dash and chassis ends, 3. Missing bushings inside the outer steering column, 4. Shaft coupling rubbing on the fiberglass side panel, 5. Mis-adjusted limit stops which alowed the tires to rub on the frame, 6. Mismatched rim widths on the same axle, 7. Delaminating tread on the front tires, whew!

    Take your pick but they are all cheaper to fix than rebuilding the front axle or adding power steering so you might start with these.  You might want to jack up the front end and observe the movement of all the parts of the steering system as you turn the wheel.

    😳

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by  kall.
    #305088

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    OK – I think I know what is wrong with my steering.  I lowered the front end too much without making any modifications to the steering.  My tie rods angle up towards the wheels.  I believe I read somewhere that they are supposed to be level.  Car needs to be raised back up a little and probably need to remount the steering rack higher.  Sound plausible?

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305089

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Plausible but I don’t understand why you’d relocate the steering rack. It should be in a pretty positive “stock” location, and if you raise it up won’t it tend to keep your tie-rod angles in the cockeyed condition they’re in?

    #305091

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    I’ll install new springs and see what we have with position of tie rods.  seems they should be parallel with the lower A arm.  My other issue is that my wider rims hit my shock absorber mount.  I’ll see if that can be moved inboard or relocate shock to inside spring.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305306

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    New springs solved steering issue.  New high torque starter solved intermittent starting issue.  New fuel pump solved rough running issue.  Almost had a disaster when top radiator hose came loose on test run.  Bought bottled water at convenience store and everything OK.  Now ready for a test run on Interstate.  Probably have wife follow in her car.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305307

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Congrats on getting back on the road.

    #305390

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Well almost.  Engine is overheating.  Need to find problem.  I put a 12 inch fan as a pusher, but I think it was designed as a puller.  So I am putting a 12 inch puller fan on the engine side.  I could buy a 14 inch fan to cover more of the radiator, but do not want to spend money unless it would make a good bit of difference.  I checked thermostat (180) and it works in boiling water.  Plan to change to 160 degree just because it might also help.  Thoughts?

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305396

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Fan shroud.

    Putting a fan over the whole rad is good but the key is getting the air to move through the whole thing–a full shroud and then a way for the air to get out from under the hood. These cars, like most, can develop relatively high pressure under the front. The ope louver idea could work as well.

    I made a shroud over the rad and allow the air to exit into the front fender wells, and that works well for me. It also helps, I think, that the fan on this rad is from a stock Subaru and is wired to the ECU and is thus OEM heavy-duty AND thermostatically controlled.

    If the air can’t get out, it won’t matter that you put in a lower-temp thermostat. It won’t work even with no thermostat if there’s no good air flow.

    #305467

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Finally got my new puller fan.  So, installed 160 thermostat, added an oil cooler, and installed puller fan.  Running out side garage, temperature stays at 175 degrees, but with top hood off.  Due to some carb problems, I have not been able to test on the open road.  If temp rises much with hood on, I think I’ll add top vents.  Not sure I can cut slits in side of hood and do a good job.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305512

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Worked on carb and seems much better.  Then decided to change distributor to HEI.  That is now installed.  But no test drive because I had a few minutes available and removed heater.  So now I have holes in firewall that need to be covered.  I also have a lot of space where heater used to be.  Am thinking of putting the radiator overflow tank here and a toolbox similar to original TDs.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305552

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Car was still running rough, so I took carb to an expert on Holley carbs and he rebuilt it and changed jets.  Also set timing by hand rotating engine to proper location.  Car is running much better now, has quite a bit of power.  Still a little hesitation at higher RPMs, maybe needs larger jets?  Anyway, it is time to really start using the car.

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks ago by  ricrx7.

    1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
    1952 MGTD Volvo engine (for sale)

    #305556

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    YES! That looks sweet and your having it sorted is excellent.

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